PH renews commitment to uphold rights of Filipino kids

Published November 20, 2021, 9:25 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The Philippines remains steadfast in its commitment to uphold the rights and welfare of Filipino children as the world commemorates World Children’s Day on November 20.

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE– Street children are seen playing along Lacson Ave. Sampaloc, Manila on Aug. 30, 2021. (File Photo/Manny Llanes)

In a series of tweets, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it joins the world in hearing the voices of the youth and securing a “better future, for every child”.

It said that as a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Philippines earnestly pursues its commitment to uphold the rights and welfare of all Filipino children through the implementation of the Convention’s four pillars through various domestic legislation and policy frameworks, and strong advocacy in multilateral fora.

The four pillars of the said Convention are survival, development, protection, and participation rights of children.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

The theme for the celebration this year is “A Better Future For Every Child”.

November 20 marks the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1959 and 1989, respectively.

Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.